Proposal Story: Virginia and Josh

How We Met: Josh and I met in Teague Hall, a dorm at Auburn University, in the fall of 2004. I was an excited college freshman living on the second floor right beside the stairs. Josh was a sophomore who specialized in singing at the top of his lungs from his room at the bottom of the stairs. Obviously, this meant that our paths frequently crossed. Although we had certainly taken notice of each other, it wasn’t until his suitemate invited me to come play poker in the lobby that interest in each other really began to take hold. Of course we had many fun and interesting nights as a group getting to know each other and driving our RA absolutely crazy. At some point in October, Josh and the guys decided to take on the milk gallon challenge (if you don’t know what it is, look it up). It was then, as Josh vomited all over his shoes, that I realized I truly had a little crush on the dorm jokester (talk about romance!). That Halloween in 2004, Josh had the same epiphany about me. On November 9 we made it official and have been together ever since!

How He Proposed: Since we have been dating for five and a half years, I did not think it was possible for him to truly surprise me with his proposal. I was wrong. On May 14, the morning of my graduation for my Master’s, my mom called insisting that I go all over campus to take pictures. Among these places were the Student Center and Teague Hall. I was a little annoyed with all this because I felt like we had already taken all these for undergrad and that it was too hot to do it again. Josh encouraged me to just pacify my mom and go along with her. The two of us arrived at Teague sans parents. I really couldn’t figure out why we didn’t all just ride together, but for some reason it never occurred to me that something might be up

I went huffing up the stairs and basically was like “let’s get this over with.” Josh took the picture, then said he couldn’t get the whole shot in the frame. With that, he got on one knee as though he he was going to get the name of the building in the picture. Suddenly, he put the camera down, reached into his pocket, and pulled out a ring box. I was shocked. I think I said something like, “Really? Like, right now?” It was all so surreal! I walked down the stairs to where he was kneeling, he said some very sweet things, then asked if I would marry him. Of course I said yes! I couldn’t imagine a more perfect way to start this new chapter of our lives. I know that Teague Hall will always be very near and dear to both of our hearts.

Photography provided by Atlanta wedding photographer Chelsea Patricia